grande dame

\ ˈgrän-ˈdäm How to pronounce grande dame (audio) \
plural grandes dames\ ˈgrän-​ˈdäm(z) How to pronounce grande dame (audio) \ also grande dames\ ˈgrän-​ˈdäm(z) How to pronounce grande dame (audio) \

Definition of grande dame

1 : a usually elderly woman of great prestige or ability

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the city's grandes dames still hold considerable sway in its cultural life
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First Known Use of grande dame

1775, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for grande dame

French, literally, great lady

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The first known use of grande dame was in 1775

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22 Jul 2022

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“Grande dame.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 17 Aug. 2022.

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